By Tom Tibble
Alexis Sanchez donned the number seven in Arsenal’s kit launch on Monday morning in a move that strongly suggests he will be at the club next season.
Sanchez has been targeted by Juventus and Bayern Munich and has failed to agree a new contract with the Gunners despite holding talks, but the club appear convinced the Copa America winner will remain at the Emirates.
The Chilean has been one of Arsene Wenger’s key assets this season after finishing as the club’s second highest goalscorer with 17 strikes in all competitions, despite being out of action for 41 days due to a hamstring injury acquired in November.
The Gunners are unlikely to want to lose such an integral attacker, a fact made startlingly clear by the 27-year-old’s influence on Arsenal’s Champions League campaign.
Sanchez boasts the best contribution of any Gunner in European competition this season, having registered five assists and three goals across his seven outings, but the Gunners’ campaign has not matched the winger’s expectations.
However, rumours that the Chilean is unhappy have been eased by the release of the kit launch photographs which suggest that the 27-year-old will carry on representing Arsenal next season.
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Instead of Sanchez sporting the number 17 shirt Gunners that fans have become accustomed to, the South American will wear the same number seven donned by previous club legends such as David Rocastle, Robert Pires and more recently Tomas Rosicky.
Arsenal have confirmed that Rosicky will not be at the club next season, bringing to an end his 10-year spell at the club.